Lack Of Education And Facilities Is Just One Of The Many Reasons Why Doctors Are Treated Badly In India


Published: July 01, 2017

The monsoon in Mumbai is famous for inviting ailments whose solution is far from self-medicating with a Paracetamol. Therefore, visit a doctor becomes quite mandatory this time of the year. Therefore, we observe a long queue of patients, waiting rather impatiently for their turn outside various medical departments in Mumbai’s King Edward Memorial (KEM), one of the largest hospitals in the city.

The doctors, of course, are uncomplaining and treating their patients with the dedication they can muster. It’s hard to imagine there are the doctors who went on a strike just a couple of months ago in order to protest against the attacks on them. The resident doctors, who are a principal cog required for the machinery of a hospital to run smoothly, were being targeted and attacked by patients and their families. And this was the reason they said, why there was a strike by as many as 4,000 doctors from Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD).

The doctors are undeniably treated in a substandard manner in India. There are reasons, however, that go unspoken but remain nothing but as shadows behind the curtains of everyday lives of doctors, waiting to spring out and cause issues that cause severe disruptions in their lives. We spoke to a few doctors in order to find these reasons and we found some of the most common problems that they feel need to be addressed

Bad Health Infrastructure

The doctors who were on strike, and even those who were not, would agree on the fact that the infrastructure of the health sector is not up to the mark. So much, that even the doctors from Indian Medical Association (IMA) extended their support to the doctors on strike. The ratio of doctors to patients not only in Maharashtra but all over the country remains unbalanced.

Dr. Sagar Mundada, President IMA Maharashtra (Youth) expressed his severe disappointment towards the lack of resources by the government. The amount of medical instruments and resources are not enough for us compared to the number of patients we treat, especially in me. End of the day, we are blamed for any kind of mishaps despite working hard as we can to treat each patient, he said.

Misconcenption Of Patients

It takes years of efforts and acumen as well as studies for any doctor to make a decision for each patient. However, recently the patients have many misconceptions about any sort of ailment they suffer from and expect a very different outcome from their treatment.

A patient’s misconception about any sort of disease or its treatment has become a hurdle for the doctors today. Doctors believe that there has to be a certain level of faith from the patient’s side towards them in order to get the right treatment. “Not all doctors are evil as portrayed by the media, not all doctors are greedy for more money as people now believe,” Mundada told us.

The Internet

Those who are half-informed are worse than those who have no information at all. The boom in internet connectivity over the last decade might have been a boon, but has become quite problematic for doctors to deal with. Patients usually Google the symptoms of anything they are suffering from, look at specific articles and end up making their own opinions about how the treatment should be.

This is a problem for the doctors because of the sheer ignorance people have towards the doctors’ judgments after making their own. The doctors, obviously get blamed by the patients for not meeting the expectations of the internet articles that suggest treatments far from the doctors’

Loss Of Trust

Any disease has a process of healing. Dr Jignesh Gandhi, Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic surgeon feels that the patients feel that they should get well quickly. “Any disease has three stages“ incubation in a patient’s body, diagnosis, and healing.

Depending on how well a patient’s body responds to medication and care, it takes that much time to recover. However, we doctors get blamed if anything that goes wrong with them despite our best efforts,” he said.

Unrealistic Expectations

The movies and media have a considerable effect on patients. “No doctor wakes up in the morning and decides to do something wrong. We live to heal others, which is why this is a noble profession,”

Dr Gandhi told us. It has unfortunately become a norm for patients and their family to hold the doctors responsible for any mishaps. Any delay in recovery from the normal expected course of time leads to unrest and agitation in the patients and their family’s minds, which leads to attacks on doctors with no fault of theirs.

Courtesy: Indiatimes


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